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May 17, 2021

Airborne 05.17.21: Snowbird Update!, Rocket Lab Snafu, Robinson Audio Alerts

Also: NTSB on Mid-Air Collision, Skiatook Municipal Airport, Starliner Flight Test, Bell 407 
According to the International Council of Air Shows, the Snowbirds have updated their schedule... The Canadian Forces Snowbirds initially released their 2021 air show schedule during the 2020 ICAS Virtual Convention in December. Since then, the team spent their early season training at the team's home base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and recently moved to Comox, British Columbia, where they plan to complete the balance of their 2021 air show preparation. On Wednesday, the Snowbirds released an updated schedule seen on your screen... reflecting some of the changes and cancellations prompted by the ongoing pandemic response. Following a successful lift-o

New Robinson Helicopters Include Enhanced Audio Alerts

New R66s Also Have A Headset Audio Alert For High Torque Or High Gas Temperature

Few aviation environments can make use of visual and aural warnings as readily as can a rotorcraft... starting with the all-important low-rotor (RPM) warning, to all manner of cautions that can help a pilot stay on the right side of physics. To those of us flying, and teaching, in rotorcraft for the past few decades, there simply aren't many times when too much information, audio warnings included, becomes a problem. Recent updates to onboard instruments and audio systems have allowed Robinson to incorporate enhanced audio alerts across its model lineup.

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Investigative Update: Wednesday's Mid-Air Collision Near Denver

Amazing Accident Resulted In No Fatalities

National Transportation Safety Board investigators continue to gather information about Wednesday’s mid-air collision involving a Cirrus SR-22 airplane and a Swearingen Metroliner airplane near Centennial Airport, Denver. No one was injured when the Swearingen Metroliner, operated by Key Lime Air, and a Cirrus SR-22 rented, from Independence Aviation, collided as the planes were landing at Centennial Airport. The NTSB Investigator-in-Charge for this accident has interviewed both pilots, and an NTSB air traffic control specialist has listened to recordings from air traffic control. Interviews of the controllers working with the Cirrus and Metroliner pilots are planned.

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Coming To The Rescue: Japanese Forces And US Marines Conduct SAR Excercise

Simulated Realistic Conditions After An Emergency Ejection From An F/A-18 Aircraft

U.S. Marines and Japan Self-Defense Force personnel conducted a bilateral search and rescue exercise at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Hijyudai Training Area, 27 April. The participating units included: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, Marine Aircraft Group 12 and Ashiya Air Rescue Squadron, Air Rescue Wing. The bilateral exercise allowed U.S. and Japanese forces to quickly and effectively carry out search and rescue operations, as well as refine communications between various organizations.

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Classic Aero-TV: ‘Have it Your Way!’ – The SPA Panther

From 2014 (YouTube Version): A New Single-Seat SportPlane Shows Great Potential For Serious Fun

While at the Sport Aviation Expo 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell stopped by to talk with Dan Weseman, the president of Sport Performance Aviation. Sitting on display was their snappy looking single place light sport airplane that seems to be cut from a different cloth than most other LSA’s on display. Called the Panther, the airplane is being produced only in a kit version at this time. It is designed for someone to certify as an experimental amateur built airplane that complies with the LSA definition. It’s also designe

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Drone Delivery Canada Awarded Third Patent

Patent Covers ‘Medical or Emergency Package and Method of Use Thereof’

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. has confirmed that the United States Patent Office has granted the Company U.S. Patent No. 10,987,184 for ‘Medical or Emergency Package and Method of Use Thereof’. The patent is directed to DDC’s proprietary, portable emergency or medical package. In particular, the patent is directed to the concept of a proprietary package including a number of compartments, where some compartments containing medical equipment(s) are locked.

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NTSB Prelim: Mitsubishi MU2B

Airplane Collided With A Private Residence

On May 4, 2021, about 2305 central daylight time, a Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 airplane, N322TA, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane collided with a private residence; one occupant was fatally injured, and two other occupants sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. According to Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the flight departed Wichita Falls Municipal Airport (SPS), Wichita Falls, Texas, about 2057 and was en route to the Bob

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AD: ATR–GIE Avions de Transport Régional Airplanes

AD 2021-10-20 Prompted By Reports Of Temporary Loss Of All Display Units

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain ATR-GIE Avions de Transport Regional Model ATR42-500 and ATR72-212A airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of temporary loss of all display units and the integrated electronic standby instrument (IESI). This AD requires revising the existing aircraft flight manual (AFM) and applicable corresponding operational procedures to update a systems limitation, limiting dispatch with certain equipment inoperative, performing an operational test of a certain contactor and an electrical test of a certain battery toggle switch, and corrective actions if necessary, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agenc

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AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

AD 2021-09-16 Requires Revising The Existing Airplane Flight Manual

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc., Model BD-100-1A10 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a number of low altitude engine surge incidents during takeoff. This AD requires revising the existing airplane flight manual and applicable corresponding operational procedures to provide the flightcrew with procedures to require the engine bleeds to be ON during takeoff. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective June 1, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.17.21)

Aero Linx: The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) is the world’s largest pilot trade association representing over 30,000 professional passenger and all-cargo airline pilots.  CAPA’s mission is to address safety, security, legislative and regulatory issues affecting the professional flight deck crew member on matters of common interest to the individual member unions. We are an advocate for strong safety and security programs that continue to fortify the continuously vulnerable aviation industry. We work collaboratively and cooperatively with government agencies to reconstruct a more secure operating environment for our

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.17.21): Option Approach

Option Approach An approach requested and conducted by a pilot which will result in either a touch-and-go, missed approach, low approach, stop-and-go, or full stop landing. Pilots should advise ATC if they decide to remain on the runway, of any delay in their stop and go, delay clearing the runway, or are unable to comply with the instruction(s).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.17.21)

“I loved being able to talk to one of my fellow squadron pilots as they were overhead looking for me. I couldn’t stop thinking about how much more difficult this would be if I had really ejected and sustained injuries. I can imagine how uplifting it would feel to hear one of your own squadron’s jets overhead and hear your friends’ voices on the radio.” Source: Captain Daniel Tolbert, one of the simulated downed pilots that participated in a joint Marine/JASDF Search and Rescue exercise. 

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